UTS CUP

UTS Social Volleyball are introducing a two day tournament at Sydney Boys High School on 5th/6th June.

If you aren’t coming to Melbourne to play in the Winter Whack, do think about putting a team together for this tournament.

Find the tournament information pack here – UTS CUP – Tournament Information

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Manly Cup

The Manly Cup run by Manly Warringah Volleyball Club was held at Warriewood Indoor Sports Stadium on the 11th/12th April and Freezone was represented in Div1 by the FZ Pistons.

Division 1 and Honours Level were on offer in both Men’s and Women’s grades and there was a healthy collection of 16 teams in the Mens Div 1 pool.  The Pistons pulled together a number of new players from our Wednesday night Training including Jeffrey Montellano in his first competition as a freezoner and even included Oscar Konakoff playing for Freezone!  Our Wednesday night coach had everyone quaking as he worked hard on his serving and spiking to add some ‘muscle’ alongside our huge hitter from Cyprus, Lenos Yiannou.  This gave the team so real depth in the front court and rallied some of our older stalwarts into action.

Having ‘subs’ was something new for the team and it did take some getting used to.  But the Pistons did well on the first day coming out in straight sets victory over USYD and Air Swings.  The Sunday saw our real test with our final pool play off against UNSW.  Owing to the number of entries, a team had to finish on top of the pool to have a chance of advancing to the medal play offs.  The Pistons were up against a very experienced team from UNSW and it was a tight match at 8am!

Pistons took the first set 25/22 in what was possibly a small surprise.  The blocking and defensive work of the Pistons really saw them in good form along with some really strong serving.  The second set saw the the Black and Golds rally and begin to attack more deftly through the middle.  In the end it was a few reception errors and some missed serves that came down to it and UNSW won the set 25/19.  As there was less than 2 min left to play, the match ended in a draw.   Pistons really needed to win the match outright to go through to the medals.  On Point count back it came down to 3 points 47/44 that saw UNSW advance through to the medal round.

The Pistons has one more match against ASIMS which was a combination of Vostok players and some of the familiar boys from Western Sydney.  Pistons were on the back foot from the get go in the first set and really needed to step it up from a 25/14 crushing.  The 2nd set saw a change in tactic and running a few more middle attacks.  It was a much close set but once again our serving let us down in the end as we lost bey 3 points, 25/22 to the ASIMS.  There was some pride restored with a 13/9 victory in the third on the buzzer.

It was great for Pistons to play competitively at that Div 1 level, a level that the team has tried to compete at before and come close.  The great thing was having the coach on court who admitted that the experience was worth it to take the lessons back to our Wednesday night social training and work on elements of the game that we were missing.   But it was a great 2 day tournament and important one for the team to get under its belt as we worked towards gearing up for the State Cups coming up in May.

Kaiata also fielded a team in the Men’s Div 1 pools and did make it through to the finals.  A very tight qualifier for the Gold Medal playoff against Rockdale Legends came down to a ‘golden point’ at the end of time.  Even sets and locked at 11/11 the two teams had gone point for point for much of the match with some exceptional defence from both teams, Seul Gi Lee standing out as the ‘blocking wall’ for Kaiata.  The final point only had one attack with Legends going to their no.3 Outside hitter and winning the point and advancing to the final.  Kaiata re-grouped and managed to take out the Bronze medal later in the day.  Congratulations boys.

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State Cup#1 – Central Coast

The SVNSW State Cup Series kicked off recently over the 28th/29th March at Scholastic Sports Stadium, Terrigal with Freezone being represented by FZ Phoenix in Division 2 and coming up trumps with a Gold Medal.

Sporting a somewhat ‘retro’ look with the red and white uniform of old, the boys formed the base from the Spiked Punch team along with a few new recruits of Offie Worarat and Lenos Yiannou. It was a stellar performance over the course of the two days with the lads not dropping a single set to get through to the gold medal playoff on the Sunday. They came up against a very youthful and very invigorated and rather numerous UTS group in Div 2 and acquitted themselves with great aplomb securing a straight sets victory in the final.

Marti Quinit was as effusive as always rallying the team and bringing about the plays as setter and chief cheerleader! Justin St Pierre along with Yiannou dominated the outside and the team had a very strong middle attach with Lionel Petersen and a newly invigorated and return to form Dion Hastie leaping about after his recent injury. The 6 men had no subs to oppose the ‘battalions’ of youth that faced them in the final, but they were comfortable for most of the match, although there were some great hits coming from one or two of the boys on the other side.

It was great to watch Freezone once again holding its own in the State Cup series and making its presence felt. We are proud to be competing in this state competition and promoting our club as a real presence in the SVNSW community, continuing to play and promote our ideals of participation and inclusion, whilst being fabulous within it.  Congratulations to all the boys and we look forward to having more teams participate in the Newcastle State Cup in May.

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BHV Regional Cup – Bathurst

FZ Pistons represented Freezone at the Baulkham Hills Regional Cup in Bathurst on the 21st March, with a Gold Medal performance!  It was an early start to a full day of volleyball at the Bathurst Basketball Stadium and a not so warm morning saw the Pistons clutching at the hoodies at 8am.  But we must have been early preparations as we were the first people in the venue!  We even got there before Joe Sleiman!

5 games in total saw Pistons win most of their matches in straight sets, playing a local Bathurst Team, the BHV Colts and another local team from Kelso.  Interestingly enough, we came up against a somewhat different line up in the Kelso team than they had earlier in the day, with some Honours players making an appearance against us in the match.  New recruit Lenos Yiannou quickly established his presence as the star player serving with incredible accuracy and even becoming something of a target in the Kelso attack!  Fellow recruit from Chicago Kurt Boden made an impact running impressive ‘slide hits’ from the right side and penetrating the defense alongside a perfect 100% serving rate for the day!

The final against the much younger BHV COLTS team (despite the stacked Kelso team losing their path to the final) was a tighter affair than what we had anticipated, perhaps age getting the better of the more senior members of the Pistons.  The pool game against the Colts was nowhere near a walkover so the team had to perform well in order to take the match.  With Rafael Montellanos running great ‘tooling’ hits from the right side, alongside a solid middle attach with Laurent Auclair and Kurt Boden teaming well with hits, the Pistons stayed in front for much of the 2nd set and kept their cool to come out victors.

It was great for Freezone to be helping promote the Regional Cup run by BHV which takes Volleyball to the Regional centres of NSW and encourages participation of all the clubs around NSW in a high level of competition and exposure for the sport in the community.  Pistons had a great day and are proud to support this initiative and getting our club out into the wider sporting community, competing and promoting LGBTI sport.

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Mardi Gras Tournament 2015

February 21 saw Freezone host its annual Mardi Gras Volleyball Tournament at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls.

A big thank you from the committee at Freezone Volleyball for the attendance and patronage at our recent Mardi Gras Tournament.  The day was a large event with 28 teams competing across 5 divisions and there was lots of great volleyball action as well as fun team play on the sides as well.

The committee is grateful for all the clubs and teams who participated, including those who travelled from interstate and even some players from overseas.  To our Melbourne sisters and our new friends in Canberra, thank you.  We really appreciate the efforts that people go to to be part of our events and hope that the day delivered an event worthy of your efforts.

A large thank you to Chris Proffitt from Manly Warringah Volleyball for his assistance and support with the draw and being on the end of the phone at all hours of the day.  Likewise a thank you to Joe Sleiman at Baulkham Hills Volleyball for his support and fielding 3 teams of players.  It’s so wonderful to have our local volleyball clubs attending and supporting our events.

Thanks must also go to Bob Konakoff (Tournament Director) and Janita Baldwin (Master Scorer) for working consistently throughout the day and making the day a calculated success.  The power duo at the helm really does allow the day to run smoothly and we wouldn’t be able to have such fun without the leadership that the management team show.  We are incredibly grateful for your experience and professionalism in running the tournament.

It was great to have a whole division of beginners in our C grade section with 6 teams in total, offering first timers in tournament play a great crack at the experience.  As always, it was wonderful to see our Mixed Divisions packed to capacity and competing across two divisions making our Mixed Section one of the most popular in the State.  The two mens divisions provided plenty of competitive volleyball and exciting finals ensured late into the afternoon.

RESULTS: C Grade Mixed:                      B Grade Mixed:                     B Grade Mens

GOLD:              Lip Sip Suck                              DRSXFY                                     SPIKEAROOS

SILVER:      Don’t 4Get 2 Duck                    FAT BALLERS                            PHOENIX SPIRIT

BRONZE:              WTF                                     BOUNCE                                 QANTAS SONICS

MVP:              Adam Lofthouse (WTF)    Lawrence Duong (DRSXFY)     Dominic Niumata (QOC)

RESULTS: A Grade Mixed                       A Grade Mens

GOLD:        SS DIVA ALL STARS                    LEGENDS

SILVER:     PORK KATSUDON                        KAIATA

BRONZE:   ZEPHYR STUDS                    SPIKED PUNCH

MVP:           Greg Webb (ZS)                         Ponlasit Waewask (KAI)

Our next event will be on the long weekend in October 3rd 2015 where will we be hosting the Spring Tournament.  We are hiring an extra zone so will have 9 courts in total.  We do hope to make the tournament program a little more lengthy in terms of games and court time to allow for full matches to be played out.  This is the first time that Freezone will be expanding to this level so we do hope that you will continue to support and enjoy the event that we put on.

Please take a moment to fill in our online survey so we can create the best tournament possible.  Feedback is always important to making sure we prioritise what you would like to have more of.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FZ8MWN8

As always, the event cannot happen without assistance so large thank you’s to our sponsors ACON and our Primary Tournament Sponsor TEAMM8 for their continued support of the club.  Also thanks to individuals, Jo Wongpitax and Julias Grant for organising the lunch and fruits along with the committee (Andrew Wilmott, Offie Chumsuwan, James Cai) who put in hours of preparation and time to ensure the event was a success.

Keep your eyes on the website and Facebook page and we look forward to seeing you in October.

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Melbourne Spikers Summer Slam Success

Several Freezoners made the trip south to Melbourne over the Australia Day Long Weekend to compete in the Melbourne Spikers Summer Slam on Saturday 24th January.

A great day was had by many Freezoners who competed across A, B+ and B grade teams some joining forces with local Melbourne Teams to enjoy the competition. This year was the largest event for Melbourne Spikers with 21 teams across 4 divisions, their largest event to date. Freezone had 2 full teams including the Panda’s and Zephyr Stud’s in the B+ division, along with Seul Gi-Lee in the Aces Witches in A grade and Offie Worarat and Somkhit Jartnoi playing in the Itchy Bitchy Spikers in B grade.

The B+ grade saw the two Sydney teams in separate pools with the Zephyr Studs taking the Gold in the tournament. A grade was a tight tussle with 3 teams competing and each team playing each other twice before the final. Seul Gi-Lee helped the Aces Witches take out Gold in a tough final. Khit and Offie endured a tough B grade final against the local team Ballz On Fire losing narrowly in 2 sets.

It was another great weekend away with the Spikers, and the social aspect of the weekend was as always, fun and enjoyed. We look forward to the next event in June over the long weekend on the 5th to revisit and play again with our sister club.

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Special Pre Training Session Sunday 11th January

Freezone will host a ‘one off’ special pre training session at Sydney University Aquatic Centre

THIS SUNDAY 11TH JANUARY at 3PM

One Court from 3 till 6 pm, another court from 4 to 6 pm. Cost will be $10 as per normal.
Get yourselves ready before we start our SBH Training on Jan 18th.

Come one, come all.

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New Years Beach Picnic 2015

A great day was had by all who attended the Freezone Volleyball Beach BBQ day last Sunday 4th January at Tamarama Beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

The day was HOT, the volleyball was steaming and the boys were BLISTERING alongside the gorgeous BABES at Tamarama.

A great BBQ was provided with Andrew Wilmot and Offie Chumsuwang providing a great feast of entertainment and food.

The court went up and we had people from all over the beach coming over to join the Freezoners and their friends who all had a hilarious time of it on the sand, in the sand, under the sand!!!

A wonderful day that was supposed to end at 4pm but kept on going right through til 5:30pm.

Thanks to all who attended and a great time had by all.

Keep your eyes peeled for more fun events this year on the EVENTS page.

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2014 Wrap Up

It’s been a huge year for Freezone.  The club has competed, grooved, paraded, marched, and played hard this year with so many success stories and accolades.  We have hosted two tournaments with our biggest ever entry of teams and seen a wide and varied mix of teams competing across all the major tournamnets.  We’ve also established some great relationships with other clubs around the local and international arenas and encouraged a diverse collection of members.

2014 saw the changing of the guard at committee level, with President Boris To moving to Melbourne and Secretary James Sharp moving to New York.  Both Boris and James left a legacy of a strong representation of the club at the local, interstate and even international level.  We are most grateful for the consistent work that these members have given the club over the years and wish them wonderful success in their new locations and hope they do come back soon.

We also saw two main international events this year with the Regional Asia Pacific OUTGames in Darwin in May and the Gay Games in Cleveland Ohio in August.  Freezone was represented at both events with some 3 teams at the GG9 in Cleveland – a fantastic representation at such a significant event.  With Gold in the Outgames and a silver in the BB division in GG9, it was a really successful year for Freezone internationally.

At local level, the club has fielded a number of teams across a number of divisions in the local SVNSW State Cup series, regularly placing in the top three positions and gaining significant visibility in this series.  SVNSW and the wider volleyball community are now very aware of Freezone Volleyball and we are becoming a solid presence in these tournaments.

Part of this is due to the legacy that Boris To started with the Freezone State Squad Wednesday night trainings.  A big thank you must go out to our coaches Bob and Oscar Konakoff who have overseen a development of skills within the club to advance the skills of individuals and teams to be able to compete at this level.

As always, we have also fielded teams in our sister club tournaments the Summer Slams and Winter Whacks of Melbourne Spikers and the FEAST tournament for Adelaide Spikers.  Always fun filled trips and great social times, the support of our sister GLBTI clubs remains an important part of the Freezone calendar.  Memorable moments include playing the ‘Moles’ in the Winter Whack at Melbourne this year.  What a fun game that was and what a great chance to go at it against the strong Womens team.

Manly Cup, BHV Regional Cups, Good Neighbour in Canberra, have all yielded wonderful results for the club and our sister club Kaiata.  Its been great to be a part of the local scene and maintaining strong ties with these clubs and our local community.  Freezone now has a healthy respect amongst the organisations which is seen in reciprocal support of these clubs at our own tournaments.

A real highlight was this years, Mardi Gras and Spring tournaments.  The latter seeing a record 30 teams registered and we could have had more!  Our tournaments are attracting teams from all over the state and the nation and its wonderful to see our Qld and ACT teams regularly coming down and competing in our A Grade competition and placing in the medals.  These tournaments are a real success of the ongoing support of numerous volunteers and individuals who give up their time and support to ensure the success of the event.

Of course we have to thank our Primary Sponsor ACON who have continued to support the club and the committee in our work to provide a safe and supportive environment for our community and members.  We wouldn’t be able to continue with our success without their patronage and support.

Also our tournament sponsors this year who have included TEAMM8 and MECCA ESPRESSO.   Their generous donations and financial aid help us to create great events and achieve prominence on a national scale.

The Freezone Volleyball Christmas party and Presentation Night was held on7th December recently and awards were handed out to individuals for their role in helping to make Freezone the great club it is.

Executive Awards  (receiving free Freezone Membership and VBNSW membership)

Best Freezoner – Tommy Yap

Tommy always has a welcoming presence and is on hand to any player or team to offer leadership and assistance.  He plays across all levels and always encourages a great supportive environment and willingness to participate and encourage.

Most Valuable Player – Clement Thien

Clemente has performed across many teams and tournaments through the year.  His personal contribution to any team as a performer is always at the highest personal level.  His quiet commitment to the team and to helping all achieve their best play is one of his most valuable assets.

Presidents Award – Jo Wongpitax

Jo Wongpitax has displayed incredible support throughout the year, playing in representative teams and across all levels of the club.  His enthusiasm and friendly nature sees him providing a solid personality that welcomes all people into the Freezone family whilst still promoting a competitive and supportive demeanour.  Even when injured Jo has continued to support the club with assistance and a healthy friendly demeanour.

Premier Awards  (receiving free Freezone Membership for 2015)

Most Improved – Ricardo Farias

Recognises a player’s commitment to training and personal skill development with the determination to improve and advance their ability and game performance.

Best Newbie – Phurin Wongsaeng

Recognises the achievements of an individual to become an inclusive and active member of the club, promoting great play, personal development as well as being an active presence in the club’s activities both on and off the court

Supporters Award – Stuart Mackay

Recognises the contribution of an individual or group in supporting the initiatives and actions of the club over the course of a full year.  Consistently being a presence at  club events and ensuring the club maintains it’s identity in the community.

Special Award

For Outstanding Contribution to the Club – Boris To

For his outstanding work as both President and Secretary over the past 5 years, Boris oversaw the expansion of Freezone to be a presence amongst the State League and Local Volleyball community.  His initiatives and tireless work to promote the club and advance the skill level of the club via the State Squad has resulted in the club enjoying a wide prominence in 2014 and beyond.

So all that is left to be said is to enjoy the end of 2014.  It’s been a mammoth year and we hope to be creating more events in 2015 and continuing the momentum that we have achieved.

Sydney Boys training will resume on Sunday 18th January at 3pm

There will be a special ‘Pre Training’ Session at Sydney University Aquatic Centre on Sunday 11th January at 3pm.  There will be two courts available and this will be a hitout for those before we begin our regular training at Sydney Boys.

There will also be a NEW YEARS BBQ BEACH day at Tamarama Beach on the 4th January.  Details will follow upon confirmation of council approval.

To all have a wonderful Christmas and New Years and we look forward to an even better 2015.

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XMAS PARTY and PRESENTATION NIGHT

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Red Ribbon Appeal

Organisers of this year’s Red Ribbon Appeal are calling on people to help make history and join in efforts to end HIV transmission in NSW by participating in the annual fundraising event.

Launching today, the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal takes place in the lead up to and on World AIDS Day (1 December).

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Appeal’s street collection, which will take place in Sydney on Sunday 30 November and Monday 1 December. Throughout the month of November donations can be made and Red Ribbon merchandise can be purchased online at www.endinghiv.org.au or in participating shops and businesses.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the focus of the event continues to align with NSW’s new approach to eliminating HIV transmission by 2020.

As a result of recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies, we now have the ability to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in NSW by the end of the decade

“After 30 years of battling HIV/AIDS, the fact that we now have the capacity to end HIV transmission within 10 years is incredibly significant. This is especially so for the tens of thousands of individuals, family members and friends throughout Australia who have been affected by the virus.

“So this year, we’re asking people to join us and help make HIV history by getting involved in the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal.

“By volunteering to sell ribbons on the street or in your workplace, or by purchasing and wearing a red ribbon, you can help raise money to fund programs and services that are vital to ending HIV transmission in NSW.

“You’ll also be helping spread the word about how we can end HIV by testing more, treating early and staying safe.

“Now is the time for us to work together to free our community from HIV transmission. It’s history in the making and we can all be a part of that by supporting the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. So please join us and make a difference that will last forever.”

How you can make a difference

Sell Red Ribbons

You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.

Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation

You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online.

For more information or to get involved, please visit: www.endinghiv.org.au

Media Contact: Andrew Hamadanian, Media and Communications Officer, ACON

Direct: 02 9206 2036 | Switch: 02 9206 2000 | Mobile: 0419 555 768| Fax: 02 9206 2134

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ACON COMMUNITY FORUM – Wed 22nd Oct

ACON is hosting a community forum on PrEP.  It is a daily pill that some gay men are taking to help prevent acquiring HIV.
They will be discussing the pros and cons of PrEP and are encouraging the community to come along to learn more about this new tool that may help stop HIV transmission.

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Sea of Love Event

Supporters of marriage equality are being urged to help raise much needed funds for what could be the final stage of the campaign for same sex marriage by getting on board a deluxe  Sydney Harbour cruise.

The Sea Of Love harbour cruise will benefit Australian Marriage Equality, the leading advocacy organisation for marriage equality in Australia.

Guests will spend four (4) hours cruising beautiful Sydney Harbour on the spectacular Starship Sydney, the city’s premier luxury function vessel with 360⁰ views from 3 stunning levels. They’ll enjoy delicious canapés and ice cream desserts and be entertained by great DJs courtesy of brand new digital radio broadcaster OX Gold. Full bar service will be operating and drinks will be available for purchase.

The operators of Starship Sydney have generously donated the fully staffed and serviced vessel for the event, which means all proceeds go to Australian Marriage Equality’s campaign efforts.

Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome says the event will provide guests with a unique opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the fight for marriage equality while having a great afternoon on the harbour with family, friends or colleagues.

“We’re closer than we’ve ever been to  achieving marriage equality in Australia,” Mr Croome says. “In fact we’ve reached a tipping point with 72% of Australians now supporting same sex marriage, and that’s according to recent research done by the Coalition’s own pollsters Crosby/Textor. In addition to this, all the signs point to a conscience vote on marriage equality in the Federal Parliament sometime in the coming months.

“All we need to do to achieve our goal is to persuade 25 Coalition MPs to vote yes. We’re on track to achieve this, but we need to raise much needed funds to keep the momentum going,

“Australian Marriage Equality is a volunteer-based organisation that relies solely on the financial support of everyday Australians who believe in making Australia a place where all love is equal. So if you share this vision, I encourage you to help make a difference by getting together a group of family members, friends or colleagues for a memorable afternoon on the Sea Of Love harbour cruise.”

WHAT                      Sea Of Love Harbour Cruise

WHEN                      Sunday 2 November, 12pm – 4pm

WHERE                    King St Wharf, Darling Harbour (outside Cargo Bar)

COST                         $65pp |$60pp (if you buy 4 or more)

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF BOOKED BY 17 OCTOBER : $55pp | $50pp (4 or more)

INFO/TICKETS     www.starshipsydney.com.au/seaoflove

ENDS

Media Contact: Michael Badorrek, Australian Marriage Equality Fundraising Team
michaelbadorrek@australianmarriageequality.org | 0431 594 007

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Spring Tournament 2014

Saturday 20th September saw a very successful hosting of the Freezone Annual Spring Tournament, with some 30 teams and over 200 participants converging on the Olympic Sports Halls for a FULL day of volleyball action.  With teams from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra it was a truly National Affair with 5 divisions of play, prizes for best dressed team and competitive mixed and men’s divisons seeing plenty of action and talent.

It was a wonderful tournament to be a part of primarily because of the spirit in which the games were played.  Watching everyone enjoy themselves on court and get behind their teams and clubs, having a laugh and a giggle whilst pushing themselves on court to achieve and play well.  The lead up to the tournament saw a hoped for Women’s Division have to be sacrificed in place of a plethora of Mixed entries.  Next year we are hoping to have a complete women’s Division in place but we were very happy to have 2 full teams of ladies (not all of them single) competing alongside 2 mixed teams.  The mens division held its own with 8 Teams in the B Grade and 6 in the A grade.  A really great mix of play and talent was shown throughout the day with some great finals at 5:30pm that afternoon.

Freezone Volleyball wouldn’t be able to host its tournaments without the very generous support of the local GLBTI and business community.  So we thank our primary sponsor ACON who once again, have thrown their weight behind the club this year and their ENDING HIV message was out on the day.  We also welcomed our new Tournament Sponsor TEAMM8 on board, who after supporting teams at both OUTGames in Darwin and Gay Games in Cleveland, have rallied support officially as tournament sponsor for the next 12 months.*  We are very grateful for their support and commitment to helping us achieve great play and fun during our 2 main tournaments throughout the year.

As well as some amazing sport, there was some pretty impressive costume co-ordination going on. It was great to see more than a handful of teams, out with some ‘non FIVB’ level uniforms and accoutrèment, adding to the fun spirit of the game.  We had everything from Kangaroo Onesies, to Tiger ears (and a very suspicious tail Joe Sleiman), Pyjama Pirates and Army Combat instructors.   But it was the BANG BANG crew in their school gear that took out the Costume Prize this tournament.

Another highlight had to be  THE FOOD.  Jo Wongpitax excelled himself this time with an amazing array of Thai Dishes created for the occasion.  The smell alone at lunch was something that everyone was salivating for and we are incredibly grateful to Jo for his dedication in providing and supplying such an amazing lunch.  Thanks also to Lunchbox in the Park who once again provided wonderfully fresh sandwiches.

Tournaments don’t happen on their own and it must be said that there are many individuals to thank.  Particularly those from our own volleyball Community.  I would really like to thank Chris Proffitt for his assistance on creating the draw and fitting so many teams in, even when we were faced with more teams wanting to join in.  Joe Sleiman for his enthusiasm in recruiting teams and players and for bringing so many enthusiastic players to the tournament.  Puna Mariri for her ongoing support in printing and bringing teams across all levels to our tournaments.  Without the support of our local clubs, including the Qantas Crew, Kaiata, Manly Warringah, Baulkham Hills, ASIMS, East Sydney Volleyball, UTS, UNSW and VOSTOK, our tournament wouldn’t be the level that it is.  And it’s great to feel that we have the support and respect of our fellow NSW clubs to help make our tournaments the best they can be.

I would particularly like to thank our interstate teams from Brisbane and Canberra, and our wonderful ‘sister club’ the Melbourne Spikers for making the journey to Sydney.  You help to make our event a National Event and it is so wonderful to have you on board and participating.   We hope to have you more often to make sure we keep our GLBTI community solid and supportive.

I would personally like to thank the new members of our committee for stepping up and rallying to help pull off a great event.  Having only been elected 3 weeks earlier it was a small baptism of fire and it was great to have so many hands to help.  Mark Bennett, Offie Chumsuwan, Andrew Wilmot, Khit Jartnoi, Jo Wongpitax and Yumi Pham-Vu.  Freezone is thankful.  This also includes all those people from within the club who stood up on the day, got there early and helped with nets, pumping up balls and the Raffle.  It makes the club thrive when everyone stands up and pitches in.

Finally I need to give a huge thank you to our Tournament Director Bob Konakoff, who once again lent his significant experience and direction to our little crew in his own wonderfully relaxed and ‘flamboyant dress sense’ style which somehow sits incredibly well with us.  As well as the wonderful Janita Baldwin, a new face at our tournaments, who really steered the direction and had the Excel Spreadsheet humming with effici

ency.  Without you behind the desk, maintaining the smiling faces, the tournament would have been lost.  We are so grateful.

So we look forward to to Mardi Gras 2015 for our next hosted tournament where we hope to welcome you all back, with bigger, better and brighter Costumes, Food, spirits and volleyball on offer to keep us all entertained and enjoying some court time.
Til then…

SPRING TOURNAMENT RESULTS

A Grade Mens

GOLD: Vostok

SILVER: Miss Thailand

BRONZE: TCNBUA

A Grade Mixed:

GOLD: Legends

SILVER: United Nations

BRONZE: Counter Spike

B Grade Mens

GOLD: BHV Colts

SILVER: NB

BRONZE: Kinnaree

B Grade Mixed

GOLD: Rolling Thunder

SILVER: Panda Pirates

BRONZE: Bang Bang

C/Mixed Grade

GOLD: Sets on the Beach

SILVER: Vertically Challenged

BRONZE: BHV Warnets

MVP

A Grade:         Nils Langford The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway

Mixed A          Ales Legends

B Grade:          Seul Gi-Lee Kinnaree

Mixed B:        Peter Wong Panda Pirates

C Grade:          Jen Nielsen BHV Warnets

Best Costume: Bang Bang (C Grade)

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ASVC Feast Tournament Registrations

Registrations are now available for the Adelaide Spikers annual FEAST TOURNAMENT on the 29th November.

The Tournament is in conjunction with the FEAST FESTIVAL, South Australia’s annual GLBTI celebration of all things FABULOUS.

The Tournament also coincides with the wonderful “PICNIC IN THE PARK” on the Sunday following the tournament. A great day out to relax and enjoy the wonderful Adelaide weather.

If you are interested and would like to go or would like to join a team and get along, please contact Andrew Wilmot (teams@freezonevolleyball.org) and register your interest.  Flights are available NOW and you can get reasonable fares.

Please find the registration forms below and GET OUT AND PLAY!

GMHSA – Team Regn Form 2014

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Good Neighbour Tournament

The 49th Good Neighbour Tournament in Canberra takes place on the 29th/30th November.

A great tournament with high level play across mutliple divisions.

Download the rego form here.

2014 GN Entry Pack(1) copy

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NOWRA BHV REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Baulkham Hills Volleyball Regional Cup Nowra

Saturday 26th July

10am start (finish time TBA)

Bomaderry Basketball Court Stadium

85 Cambewarra Rd

Bomaderry NSW

(02) 4421 3800

Single day tournament hosted by BHV

.

BBQ Lunch provided

$150 per team entry.

Please contact: bhvjoe@gmail.com

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Freezone Spring Tournament

Freezone Volleyball

SPRING TOURNAMENT

Saturday 20th September

at Sydney Olympic Park, Sports Halls

REGISTER YOUR TEAM NOW

Confirmation of registration will only be issued upon receipt of payment

Download the registration form here –  ST-2014-Registration

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Volunteers Needed for ACON

HIV Testing Week

Volunteers needed!

Hi everyone,

Coming up is NSW Testing Week (July 14th to 18th). This is an initiative being led by Local Health District with support from ACON and we are looking for help to cover a number of activities:

Taylor Square Photographic Event: On Saturday the 12th July the Minsitry of Health has engaged an advertising company to do some community engagement between 1pm and 6pm. We are looking for volunteers for an hour or two to help engage community members.

ACON staff will be at Taylor Square from 2pm (James) and from 4pm ( Gavin)

OR, COME AND GET TESTED….

Taylor Square HIV Testing:  Pop up testing facility at Taylor Square from 3pm to 7pm Monday 14th to Friday 18th.

If you are available we would greatly appreciate your support. These activities will be occurring in partnership with ACON staff as well as staff from other organisations.

If you are available to help out, please let me know at gprendergast@acon.org.au

Thanks!
Gav

http://endinghiv.org.au/where-to-test/

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2014 Freezone Annual General Meeting

Freezone Volleyball Club Inc

Annual General Meeting

will take place on:

Sunday 31st August

Venue: Upstairs Classroom, Sydney Boys High School Gymnasium

Time: 1:30pm

Call for nominations will be heard from 20th July

Nominations for board close on Sunday 3rd August.

In the event that not all board positions are filled, nominations may be heard from the floor of the AGM.

Please address all nominations to

secretary@freezonevolleyball.org

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